Books that make you hopeful

January feels like a hopeful month. Vaccines are popping up around the world and much is expected out of 2021....

Appeal to fight for a better world

Book: Azadi: Freedom, Fascism, Fiction Author: Arundhati Roy Publisher: Penguin Price: Rs 499 Arundhati ...

A sky full of Swifts

Book: Vesper Flights Author: Helen Macdonald, Publisher: Vintage Price: Rs 799 Quite a few reviews of Ve...

The rural secret

Book: Rumble in a Village Auhtor: Luc Leruth with Jean Drèze, Publisher: Aleph Price: Rs 699 The ...

Telling apart families false and true

Once upon a time, there were two brothers from Hanau, Germany, whose family had fallen on hard times. So it wa...

Marcus Ranney tells us why nothing is mission impossible

He considers himself to be both a London and a Mumbai boy. While he was born in London, he grew up in Mumbai a...

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Of the people, for the people, by the people

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This is not just the famous last line from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It also capt...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Ganga: tales of wonder and crisis

Crossing over into Bihar, Banerjee recounts her visit to the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary near Bhagalpur and a sense of wonderment is evident in her sighting of the endangered Ganges River D...
By Priyank Pravin Patel in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Fluid forms

Vivek’s mother’s speculations about the circumstances of her son’s death occupy the last portion of the novel. That apart it cannot be categorized as being about any one thing even i...
By Hia Sen in

Books  /  Published 01.01.21

Devaki Jain: a luminescent life

Not all of these experiences were positive. There are shocking details of sexual harassment that she faced as a student at Oxford at the hands of a famous economist. She does not name him but he is no...
By Jayati Ghosh in

Books  /  Published 25.12.20

Page Turners of 2020: Biography

In his hilarious and heartbreakingly self-deprecatory autobiography, Elton John addresses important questions about his life. The iconic musician does not shy away from the more painful details, but h...
By The Telegraph in

Books  /  Published 25.12.20

Page Turners of 2020: Fiction

In the eyes of the law, rights cannot exist without responsibilities. But does the absence of legal rights also absolve a person of moral responsibilities? This is the dilemma that propels the plot of...
By The Telegraph in

Books  /  Published 25.12.20

Page Turners of 2020: Non-fiction

Expanding the cultural and geographical arcs of recycling, Emily Cockayne’s book says that the planet’s future may depend on the magic of jugaad. ...
By The Telegraph in

Books  /  Published 22.12.20

The joy of reading

Biographies of famous men and women are a genre which particularly interests me. They help you learn the historical milieu in which they operate and gives a perspective as to what makes them the perso...
By Suman Ghosh in

Books  /  Published 18.12.20

A glass or two of bottled poetry

The Persians believed that wine was discovered by a woman; she drank fermented grape juice from a jar, fell asleep and, instead of suffering the first-known hangover, woke up with her headache gone. C...
By Nayantara Mazumder in

Books  /  Published 18.12.20

Here’s a flawed idea: Individual Rights in India

A strong anti-Muslim, anti-Christian and anti-Congress prejudice prompts the authors — they are admirers of V.D. Savarkar — to make some outlandish accusations. “For a long time now,...
By Sudheendra Kulkarni in


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